National Vegan Day

November is National Vegan Month and today is National Vegan Day- a celebration of the completely meat-free & animal by-product free way of eating. Having been vegan, I have hands-on knowledge of the healthful benefits of this lifestyle. We, in fact, have plenty of tasty vegan recipes on our site to help support this lifestyle, but here some small suggestions for people who may want to try to live the vegan way, but don’t want to adopt the way of eating 24/7.

Just a few of the benefits of going vegan a few days/month in your household:

  • Increased energy – with more vegetables and whole grains, you are increasing your fiber intake and therefor, your energy! Also, a vegan diet opens to the doors to more nutrients in the diet.
  • Better digestion – high fat foods, like many meats, make your body work harder to digest them.
  • Less symptoms – a vegan life is a less inflammatory life, which in turn, reduces the symptoms of inflammation- and health-related issues like high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, and more.
  • Weight loss – if you lay off of the convenience vegan products, you will be cutting so much fat and sugar from your diet, you will inevitably lose weight.
  • Better grocery budget – less meat and dairy, means less money out of the wallet.

Challenge Version #1: go vegan for the day in November- just to try it!

Challenge Version #2: try making it a week without having any animal protein, dairy, or honey…even though it takes 2 full weeks to change your cravings and to truly feel the health benefits, a week will show you the budgetary and weight reduction benefits.

Challenge Version #3: go vegan the entire month of November (less Thanksgiving day if you cannot make it past the turkey!) – this will enable you to reap all of the amazing benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Try it for a full 30 days, then ease your way back into life the way APL does, by saving animal products for dinner only or just cutting it out one full day per week.

NutritionAshley Pettit